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anniversary stanley kurtz discusses "spreading the wealth: how obama is robbing the suburbs to pay for the cities" this is about half an hour. >> speaker stanley kurtz. she's going to talk on spreading the wealth. he's a senior fellow at the ethics and public policy center and an adjunct fellow with the institute with a special-interest in america's cultural war. she writes on family, feminism, homosexuality, affirmative action and campus political correctness. she helped publish a book entitled radical and chief which was exposing obama's lost years that nobody knows anything about. his new book is spreading the wealth. welcome mr. kurtz. [applause] thanks so much. it's great to be here. this is the second time i've had the privilege of addressing this group and i want to thank phyllis schlafly again for having me here. i always enjoy the defense. my topic today is obama's policy towards the suburbs. it's a remarkable issue and it doesn't get covered by the media. it's something people should know about. i'm going to get to that in the second but i cannot resist because i have an
presidential election and president obama's re-election team unit losed analytics. this event from the commonwealth club of california in san francisco is about an hour and fifteen minutes. you can find us on the internet at commonwealth club.org or download the iphone or android app for program and schedule information and pod cast of past programs. how is that for a lit ration. now it's my pleasure to intro-- introduce our speaker, columnist, and writer. jonathan alter. a writer and a contributor to the bloomberg. author of the new book we'll talk about "the center holds: obama and his enemies." as i he's an analyst and contributing correspondent. you've seen him on nbc and msnbc. he worked for almost thirty years writing more than fifty cover story. me wrote for "the new york times," the wall street, vanity fair, and the new republican. he's the author of other books fkd -- he is a, in my judgment, probably one of the preimminent experts in this country on president obama. we are pleased and honored to have him here tonight to speak about his new book. our thanks to jonathan alt
.. >>> up next on book tv the a did in the presidential election of barack obama. there were critical of the republican party and its nominee mitt while negligent to do the same with president obama. this is about 45 minutes. >> thank you, john and i. thanks to the heritage foundation for inviting me. i apologize ahead of schedule. so why a book about the media by yes? there is a shattering topic. when steve forbes came to me in 2010, he asked me how bad were the media in 2008 and i said 100% for barack obama. i said how is it going to be in 2012? i said worse and he laughed and said how can that be? the didn't care about john mccain. in 2012 they will not only be 100 percent in the tank for barack obama but to the feet of any republican challenging barack obama. so move forward to the end of the 2012 campaign. and i get a call from an editor at harper collins recommended that i do a book about the 2012 elections and suggesting the title "collusion" the media stole the 2012 elections. i have to confess i was cruel to the idea at first. one because i didn't think this was an e
obama saying the media was consistently critical of the republican party and the nominee, mitt romney, while negligent to do the same with barack obama. this is about 45 minutes. [applause] >> thank you, john, and my thanks to the harming foundation for inviting me. if i cough, i got a ticklish thing going on. i apologize ahead of schedule. okay. so why a book about the media bias? there's an earth shattering topic. when steve forbes came to me in 2010, we were chatting, and he asked me how bad were the media in 2008, really? i said, is 100% in the tank for barack obama, and he said, well, how is it going to be in 2012? i said, worse. he laughed, said, how could that be? i said in 2008, they didn't care about mccain. in 2012, they will not only be 100% in the tank for barack obama, but they will be 100% committed to the defeat of anyone challenging barack obama. moving forward, and i get a call from an editor at harper collins recommending that i do a book about the 2012 elections and suggested a title "collusion: how the media stole the 2012 elections," and i have to confess i was co
of the same theme. so what i'm pointing out is you must understand that the obama campaign's 2008 and 2012, working changers. the republican party, mitt romney, i spent three weeks of traveling with mitt romney's campaign, flying on the romney campaign airplane, the last day of the campaign, mitt romney came to the back of the press section he said he had not even written a concession speech. he was that confident is going to win. on the airplane i asked one of the chief strategist of the romney campaign, if he was equally confident, and he was. i said, well, why? the whole idea, he said a good message, a good campaign message will be the ground again any time. and i said, i'm not so sure that. that's thinking, that's karl rove thinking or before 1950s, 1950. campaign about the message. what the democrats managed to do is, and it should not be underestimated, i'm a professional political scientist or i have a ph.d in political science from harvard 1972. i've studied voting behavior and presidential elections for decades. but democrats were a game changer. they are highly effective computer
obama. our third scheduled speaker is kendall thomas who is travelingy has not yet arrived but we are hoping he will take the stage as soon as he does come. i will introduce him in his absence right now. he is nash professor of law and co-founder and director of the center for the study of law and culture at columbia university and professor thomas is one of the editors of the seminole volume critical race theory, the form of the movement. the three powerful thinkers and visionary speakers. [applause] >> get settled, and make yourself comfortable and we are so glad you made it. i was saying to camille and sarah before we came on that in so many ways barack obama has set up our conversation about blacks in the twenty-first century through his comments yesterday but i want to put that in the larger context because we are trying to take the backward and forward look on this panel in our conversation. the backward look is about where have we come, where have we come to since in the 50 years since the march on washington. at the same time, this particular moment is framed by a three ev
, the "collision 2012" obama vs. romney and the future of elections in america is a follow on to the book dan and haynes johnson wrote about the 2008 campaign. and as dan says of the new book, he hadn't expected obama's second run for the presidency to turn out quite as compelling as the first groundbreaking one did but it did. the campaign did turn out to be just as compelling although in different ways. howell raines reviewing the book in the post the other day called it quote old-fashioned in a good sense, referring to the fact that it's filled with attributed quotes and closed focus reportage and thankfully lacks windy and alice's. but dam also shows a modern-day appreciation for the new technologies and social media the obama camp aim puts to such effective use. if you really want to understand why the election turned out as it did for america's political future read this book. we will be life tweeting tonight's event speaking of modern technology and social media, so you can follow along with the conversation at hashtag balz dca. dan will speak for a bit and we will leave time for quest
a tendency to think of another author, and that author is president barack obama. as you may recall, the liberal media raved about barack obama's writing abilities in the 2008 election. back then, senator obama's resumÉ was really quite short, and his supporters said, with a straight face, that he was just marvelous because he wrote two books about himself. at first, i thought this was some kind of a joke. when senator obama became president obama, i realized that it was no joke at all, and i decided that i seriously needed to get with the program and start believing in the dreamy barack obama world of yes, we can. i thought what i needed to do was write two books about myself -- [laughter] maybe, i, too, can be president of the united states. [applause] so i sat down and wrote a book about myself called "chinese girl in the ghetto," and when people ask what the book is about these days, i politely tell them it's about my family's journey of communism china to inner city california, and it's about my journey of getting to know freedom, but what i'm really thinking, usually, what's
, charismatic. we saw those kind of narrative working that had us president obama between malcolm x and martin luther king. some of us cringed. not because we supported barack obama. president obama was running to be leadership of the united. for some people that meant his interests were protecting these kind of corporate elite interests that are often against the interests of poor people regardless of color. and the questions of economic justice were never on the table. all right. ever. so that work in the past i would say thirty years, twenty years, that taught us to look differently at what leadership look like it seeps in the analysis every once awhile. it seeps in when we mention the name of ella baker. ic we have to go deeper. what did ella baker, not only women but what did they stand for? what did ella baker and eye data b. wells, and these were women who were more involved on the protest end because it wasn't to them. i think the freedom struggle they talked about always knew that electoral politics -- we seemed to have given that up when we put everything behind the wishes in the bas
obama and the executive order. i have to do another column. [laughter] and try to bring the point home again. but, you know, it's not my job to run your movement or put your message out for you. t your job. and it's important the people who are involved in this be able to the late great tim in northbound y used to after a speech say what is the bumper sticker? if there is one thing that the right has achieved, better than the left, left liberal progressives, of recent years it's the bumper sticker award. being able to change the conversation, for example, the death tax. it used to be called the estate tax. not the death tax. how we can get president obama to act on that. and i want to start with alvin, if you had any thoughts on that. >> i don't you know, i believe the president has spoken on tha. what is happening. that is the problem in congress. when the president put that sign around his neck, standing besides me acknowledge that he was a man. and he acknowledged that if it wasn't for the stand that we took in '68, he wouldn't be president today. so i believe if we get together and
of headway in that direction. and a couple of summers ago, barack obama promised us a summer of recovery which did not pan out so well, but i think this summer has really been the summer of big government. we have seen through exposures to various leaks, a lot of details emerging about the national surveillance program and the extent to which ordinary americans are ensnared in that data mining and the surveillance that is supposed to be going on to protect the country. we have seen a lot of the flaws that are inherent in obamacare. we have watched the implementation of the affordable care act sort of greek and moaned. we have seen this trend starting tough run off of the tracks. think we are starting as a country to see what is in store for us as this health care law unfolds. nancy pelosi said that we needed to pass the bill to find out what was in it. the obama administration, jay carney yesterday in a press conference promised that once all the different provisions of the bill hans von spakovsky we were really going to like it. so far that does not seem to be the case. and we are start
and the author of wait until the midnight hour and dark days and the bright lights for to barack obama. the third is scheduled speaker is kendall thomas, who is traveling in from brazil. and unfortunately has not yet arrived but we are hoping he will take the stage as soon as he does come. i will introduce him and his absence. he's a mass producer of falcon and co director and co-founder of the center for the study of law and culture at columbia and university and is one of the editors of the critical race theory set for the movement. so we have three powerful sinkers and visionary speakers. [applause] welcome, kendall, it yourself comfortable and we are glad you made it. barack obama set up our conversation about blacks in the 21st century through his comments yesterday. but i want to put into a larger context because we are trying to take a backward and forward look on this conversation. where have we come to sense in the 50 years since the march on washington? at the same time, this particular moment is framed by the events. the first is in the three and a half weeks ago actually, the supreme
in indiana was convicted of forging the signatures back in 2008 of the petitions that got barack obama qualified to be on the ballot for the democratic may 2008 primary. now, in indiana -- like a lot of other states -- you've got to get a certain number of voter signatures to get on the ballot. in indiana you have to get 500 registered voters from each of the state's congressional districts. and in this particular congressional district where this county chairman is, they forged page after page after page of the ballot petition. now, the local authorities discovered this? no, in fact, some of the local authorities were involved in it. this was discovered by a college student who got ahold of the petitions and was looking at 'em and said, you know, a lot of these signatures look the same. now, why is this important? because if you go back to may of 2008, remember there was a very hot presidential race going on between hillary clinton and barack obama. at the time of the indiana primary, barack obama had 1,490 delegates, hillary clinton had 1,338 delegates, so she was very close behind o
roberts, former deputy assistant defense secretary with the obama administration talked about the north korea nuclear threat, china's modernization of its arsenal, and the u.s. nuclear deterrence policy at an event hosted by the stimson center on monday. this is 90 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. i'm ellen laipson and a delight to welcome you to this event, this monday morning in late august. were delighted to see all of you for discussion on a very important international security topic, extended deterrence and strategic stability in east asia. we're really delighted to welcome brad roberts was recently finished a long tour of the defense department working on these issues as deputy assistant secretary of defense and who' who is just back from g visit in japan, talking in particular with japanese about their views of extended deterrence. and end of his remarks today will be focused in part on his research in japan but also more broadly how the u.s. looks at these issues for all of its presence and engagements in east asia. i'm very happy to turn the baton to yuki tatsumi, who is ou
. relations are not close at the moment because president obama does not like britain, and he makes it clear that he doesn't, so these things are trivial on the surface things. presidents come and go, and as i've said before, president obama is the winner of the king george iii award for the worst president in american history. >> host: why king george iii? >> guest: because king george iii was the king of england at the time of the american revolution, and was, to a very great extent, responsible for that revolution taking place. >> host: why did president obama, in your view, win that award? >> guest: well, one thing i didn't like about him is almost the first thing he did when he became president was that he had the boston winston church hill remove from the white house. now, churchill was not any half american himself because his mother was american, and he inherited most of the brains and brilliance from his mother, and not only was he half american, but he was the best english friend america has ever had in my opinion, and he and roosevelt formed a magnificent duo in the war to destroy
exempt exempt status with additional scrutiny, president obama promised his administration would fully cooperate with conscious in its investigations. he also stated that he directed treasury secretary lew to follow up on the i.r.s.'s inspector general audit to get more information as to how this happened and who was responsible to make sure that the public understood all the facts. i was encouraged by this initial response. as you recall, mr. president, i worked to clear the way for secretary lew's confirmation here in the senate. even though many of my colleagues had expressed legitimate concerns about his nomination. i did so in large part because i believed him when he promised to be fully transparent and cooperative with congress. when the president said that he'd ordered the secretary to get to the bottom of this, i expected him to live up to his promises to do so and to work with us as we try to do the same. imagine my surprise then to hear both the president and secretary lew state over the past week -- say that with our investigations into the i.r.s. targeting, congress was cr
in particular to their rick publication. he said, if president obama was right and unemployment was what it was an up 14%, he said that blacks and members of the congressional black caucus would be marching around the white house. he said but, and he was almost laughing. it seemed like they were joking. you know, the president knows we will give deference to him. you would give him a break in some new words. you tell me how that body is not a relevant. if he actually demands that they are not holding president obama accountable to the same standards as previous presidents because of the color of the skin . unemployment is the highest it has been for black americans since 1984 almost. almost double the national average of about 7%. and to me you and i have spoken about problems plaguing blacks. going back to the 60's. we have a problem. a lot -- on seeing a trend of babies being born out of wedlock. where are we today? why is it that members of the congressional black caucus, black representatives to congress, why aren't they looking at policies to empower blacks and prevent this from hap
them out? to investigate president obama might be tempted to colin jack bauer the fictional rogue intelligence agent from the hit tv series 24 who invariably employs torture and a host of other illegal tactics to help the president fight terrorism. terrorism isn't the culprit here. its of adequate health care so maybe the president solution isn't jack bauer but rather the actor who plays him. the star of 24 is kiefer southerland whose family has a very deep connection to health care reform in canada. i said to the border agents tommy douglas is his grandfather. tommy douglas the most famous canadian voted in 2004 is the greatest canadian. tommy douglas was the premiere in saskatchewan and as a kid he almost lost his leg. the talk are saved him and he felt public health care was critical. and so he fought for public health care just in saskatchewan. who took them on? remarkably enough the ama the american medical association. afraid the contagion would spread south. that is public national health care. they won in saskatchewan and it became so popular it's spread across canada and
tangentially connected to a 911 attacks. that is still the law that president obama and his administration side when they are bombing people. in some cases targeting individuals who were toddlers. a law was written to target the people responsible. howard -- responsible? a blank check. rear-ended to make it permanent. president obama said in his second inaugural address that he did not want the u.s. to live in a state of perpetual war. his policies indicate that he was the exact opposite. he wants the u.s. to be in a perpetual state of war. there was only one member of congress the voted against the a you ms. imagine what that must of been like. we all remember what it was like , the fear and hysteria gripping the country. it was this one member of congress. she stood up. i think ten people should, in particular, all of us. even find it online. barbirolli was trembling when she gave that speech. imagine the courage. what she said in the speeches that we cannot use these attacks to engage in retaliation across the globe. engaged in actions that are going to undermine our democratic principle. we
the western world and it has managed to come under the obama administration, metastasize and so without any further ado i would like to introduce you to a wonderful individual, erick stackelbeck. [applause] >> i want to thank you for hosting this event. i look at sera as a modern-day esther or deborah. such a time as this. thank you for having me here. if you write a book, you spend a year with that and say this book can put me through pack. but i think that people are reading it. it gets into detail about the main player in the arab spring, which i refers to as the islamist winter in the butt. the muslim brotherhood is done, out of power in egypt, we don't have to worry about them. this is the postmortem of history. it has been has the muslim brotherhood, the leaders were killed and imprisoned in the group was banned for decades. the headquarters was burned to the ground. completely suppress by the egyptian military. like the jihad event has come to refuse to die. so thank god it was only a year. but it appears the administration that is wistful, it seems like a monster. so this talks abou
was -- >> host: president obama's africa policy. pascal said that -- >> guest: i'm very concerned about that. i, i just think that when you get american military involved with your military, the disengagement does not come without consequences. i am -- typically these things lead to bad ends. and for the countries involved. when your country becomes of strategic usefulness to the, to the united states, you find that the management of your own democracy will be infinitely more difficult to administer. and the complicit spirit of black elites in america and how to awaken that. >> guest: oh, as i've gotten older i've become more disincliented to judge -- disinclined to judge people. i am -- the judging i do i try to make it of myself usually. i think most of us when we are doing things that others would feel are not the right things to do, lead to bad ends most of us do out of an absence of knowledge, consequences of what we are doing. most americans in respect of of race know very little about what goes on in countries around the world. american opposition, american aid, american involvement, and
and leave something of herself there. >> season two of "first ladies" from edith roosevelt to michelle obama. live monday nights including your calls, facebook comments and tweets starting september 9th at 9 eastern on c-span. and tonight we'll conclude the encore presentation of season one of our series with first lady ida mckinley. >> georgia democratic congressman john lewis spoke recently about his experiences organizing and speaking at the 1963 march on washington where martin luther king jr. delivered his "i have a dream" speech. congressman lewis made these remarks during a town hall meeting in washington commemorating the 50th answerers -- anniversary of the march. other speakers include hank thomas. this event was hosted by thefy beta sigma fraternity. >> good afternoon. i am ivory lyle, i'm the international director for phi bay that sigma -- pay that sigma, and i want to welcome you here this evening. it is our intent to have a conversation about moving forward. it has been, it is so critical that as we look at this town hall meeting today that we take a retrospective look on wher
, is president obama like most bases. -- politicians. i counted twentd times he mentioned the middle class in his speech a couple of years ago and. and more recently in the 2012 state of the union. he said the end of world war ii, another generation of hero return home from combat they build the strongest economy and middle class the world has ever known. the defining issue of our time is how to keep the prompts alive. it's a bold statement when the president of the united states calls a particular topic or subject the defining issue of our time. it's certainly matter. i think we all agree. so i think a lot of us would agree with this idea that the plight of the middle class is central to our national conversation. it's one of the biggest story of our time and place. if you look at the numbers, if you look at the research there are many fewer of us than there used to be. we lost power both economically, socially, and politically. i think it has huge implication in term of what kind of country we want to be. i think it means something. basically my approach was to trace the back store. i pick up t
, as president obama said in may, 2011, seems that there have been undermining social and economic changes in the arab world that have led to demands for more responsive, more accountable and transparent government. the president and many senior officials have said they don't believe stability will return to the middle east until the governments are more transparent, responsible, responsive, accountable and more democratic. the government - talking about see things differently. they see the demand for the democratization coming below in the arab world as a source of instability. it has made them wary about taking even limited steps towards the domestic reform themselves for the year if you give people an inch they would demand a mile. this is presenting an increasing challenge for the united states and its diplomacy in the region. the last point i want to leave you with is about sinai. i think this is the space to watch. when you look at the potential regional threats that could emerge from the e cents today in egypt, syenite is where you are going to see it manifest. now, as i said, the e
, yeah. >> host: republicans love to go barack obama of socials and talked about in a sort of a european left-winger. but in reality even the european left has accepted that basic what came to be known as the washington consensus, although you are arguing really that it belongs in an earlier time period. but even the left except that basic principles about markets, been threatened by the last few years. do you think that the financial crash of 2008 and the ongoing drama associate with that in europe especially could finally spell the end of the market oriented consensus? >> guest: i think it has in many ways. as i tell people, if you are 25 in the united states today and she can't find a job and you are saddled with $100,000 in college debt, i wonder if you're going to believe in capitalism the way somebody did the went to college in the early 1980s and was born into complete a different world, right? i think that's -- that's what's happened with the financial crisis is a deeply undermined a lot of our faith in capitalist institutions. but again no one has found a language to bring the o
of the obama administration. he was critically important and played a pivotal role if i can use that word in the development of president obama's strategy of putting the united states towards asia, and in that context of will be particularly interesting to learn from kurt about the lessons that can be drawn from his rendezvous with destiny. in that position, he received the distinguished service award. i point that out because of a too received the award and i saw how difficult it is to achieve it. [laughter] i got it for the negotiations and nobody can possibly remember the headline negotiations, but i do think everybody will remember the role that kurt campbell played in the shaping of american strategy towards asia. so it is with great distinction that he received the award to the as i said, he was the founder, cofounder for the new american security a great new think tank that is doing a terrific and influential work on national security policy and defense policy here in in washington. before that, he was the senior vice president and director of international security and the henry k
there led to the launching of barack obama's career as a community organizer. so that's the tie-in to the previous book i wrote which is called young mr. obama, chicago and the making of a black president. okay. this is from a chapter titled a rust bowl, and the term rust belt was actually originally rust bowl. and the first usage i found for it was in "time" magazine, and it was popularized by walter mondale when he accused president reagan of turning the midwest into a rust bowl, and then it was alter inside the way of journalism to match the sunbelt and whatever other belts we have. the term -- >> the bible belt, yeah. >> the term before the rust belt was the frost belt. anyway, on the east side of chicago, life did not run according to the laws that nature imposed on the rest of the world. when night fell on other neighborhoods, those neighborhoods stayed dark until the next morning. on the east side, the night sky burned red when u.s. steel, republic steel or wisconsin steel dumped the waste product of steel making. the steel mills created their own suns, skies and weather.
is that president obama and maybe the republicans would say, oh, you shouldn't use these drones. so you need something to avoid to say, wait a minute, you're not going nearly far enough with the use of jones and it's killing a lot of innocent people and it's counterproductive and going against national security. so i look back now at a couple of weeks and i don't see a shift in policy. there have been for john strikes since then. two in pakistan and two in yemen. once in pakistan are important to look at because there are elections in pakistan and a new prime minister was elected. number two was to come into that election and there were a lot of campaign programs against the drones. we followed most of the tribal areas where the drones drugs are being used to speak out against them. the fact that he came in number two is very significant and also is the fact that the one who came in number one is his first talk that he was totally against the use of jones and he had been calling up united states to stop using these. the first drone attack after the president's speech is one that was touted i
? >> absolutely. the obama administration has been criticized for investigating the press and the press leaks. john adams asked congress for del law called the alien and sedition act and put 12 newspaper publishers in jail and one member of the house of representatives for criticizing the president, just criticizing the government. they were put in jail. none of the things that are happening in our democracy today is new. these things have been going on since the beginning of time and it's the price that we pay for living in a free society. everybody else is not going to agree with us. >> final question and a preview of the book what is the relationship between thomas jefferson and george washington like? >> very cold because jefferson was in those days called a jacoven and he believed that people should be freed and all the people should have a vote and should be free to vote as they wanted to. he thought the population was capable of delving into itself and washington did not. washington believed then only land owners being able to vote and he believed in law and order jefferson said the tr
to in the government overhangs. estimate because of president obama's recent speech on the state of our economy there's issues block with programs that have issued on booktv also related to economics. president obama spoke about unemployment during his speech. >> technology makes some jobs obsolete. global competition says a lot of jobs overseas. it became harder for the unions to fight for the middle class. washington drove out bigger tax cuts to the very wealthy and smaller minimum wage increases for the working poor. so, what happened is falling to between the higher productivity and people's wages and salaries was broken. it used to be as companies did better, profits went higher and workers also got a better deal. and that started changing. so the income of the top 1% nearly quadrupled from 1979 to 2007. but the typical family incomes barely budged. and towards the end of those three decades, the housing bubble, credit cards, the turning financial sector was keeping the country are officially to stop so sometimes it tapered over some of these long-term trends. but by the time i took office in 20
opposition there was to morsi and the brotherhood. .. president obama is going russia next week. this just getting underway. >> i'll give a sort of brief introduction of them. say that have yet more accomplishments in your biography panel, but it's a all brookings panel. we're proud of. on my far right is steve pfeiffer. he has held every position related to russia. he's been the ambassador to ukraine. he's most recently the author of "the opportunity" which is about new opportunity for arms control. to my right is angela -- stint who is director of the center director on russia, and a nonresident senior fellow here. she has a book coming out in january called "the limit of partnership: u.s.-russia relations." it's a more substantial book than this. and i think, you know, it promises, i guess, to have 85 years worth of pre-- predictions in it. that's very impressive. i look forward to it. [laughter] on my left is cliff who is senior fellow at brookings, and the author of two recent i think very important book you should read. the first is called "mr. putin operative" which is almost a -- p
-qaeda and affiliates including the daily beast national security correspondent who criticized president obama on handling of al-qaeda. >> with obama, this is a line i came up with. i think that president obama talks like a comparative religion professor and acts like a blackwater executive in the sense that he has really pushed a lot of the war and expanded a lot of the global war on terror, but he's done it, you know, think secret and classified operations, and there's an extraordinary document about a little irnd a year and a half, a year and quarter, and it's, like, a notification to congress, and, yes, we are doing activities in yemen, somalia, and pakistan, and nowhere else. they are complicated partnerships and almost secret wars conducted entirely at the highest classification level. obama's done a lot of that, yet he does not talk about it and has chosen to wage the war in secret, and i would just say this. the thing about doing things under so much secrecy is that just as you expand it and not tell congress and the american people, you can also take it away and not have a debate eith
world and unfortunately into our very own. it has managed to, under the obama administration, metastasize and has been influencing power. without any further ado are like to introduce you to have wonderful individual, erick stackelbeck. [applause] >> i want to thank sarah for a first of all hosting this event and the endowment for middle east troops has such phenomenal work. i looked at sarah as a modern-day esther, deborah. i really do. such a time as this to thank god for the organization and when you're doing and think of revving a year. you don't want to look at it. i know people are reading it. this is really the first book since the so-called arab spring broke out that gets into detail about the main player and the arabs during, which i referred to as the as long as winter in the book. so actually i have to say, i don't even know why we're having this event because the muslim brotherhood is time. they're gonna come out of power. we don't have to worry about them anymore. the postmortem. if only it were so. the muslim brotherhood has been down this road before, as i docu
despite what the courts have done and certainly under obama despite what the courts have done. we have seen these glorious court decisions that seemed to vindicate the rights of the detained but the executive branch has found a way to circumvent the spirit of that. and obama is no exception. in guantanamo there are quite a few prisoners the governor admits it has no evidence against and they are not a flat but it can't release for one reason or another. they've been there for over 11 years and the treatment there is outrageous and we have gone a long way from this idea of today's to 11 years and so now just this week the circuit court sided with the obama administration in the indefinite detention people to keep people without due process. i know a lot of people are outraged and think this is entirely unprecedented. unfortunately it's not unprecedented. where i do see hopeless throughout this entire history there were people, there were idealists who saw the on the legal jargon and all of the technicalities of all that what was important was the principles of liberty and the principle
enemies. especially now with the drone warfare going on under mr. president obama which is much worse than under bush. which i never expected. i think we are creating new enemy for the future. >> host: what can you think of president obama getting nobel peace prize? >> guest: i said it before in public. i'm not going to have a problem saying it again. i don't think it was his problem, so to speak. i think the committee made a gross error of judgment. he had not done anything to, you know, to deserve it at that point in time. and the terms of nobel are quite clear that it should go to a person -- in any given here has done, you know, great service to disengage armies or as held global peace conference to bring about change. president obama had done nothing at that time. in fact, he was engaged in two wars, which i thought no matter what he had done. if you are sitting head of state engaged in war how can you get the nobel peace prize? when he came out of the white house and said that he didn't think he deserved it, i was ready to clap. i thought that was really outstanding. i would have cla
delay or helping all americans, president obama and his supporters are trying to convince the american people that this health care law is working just fine. once again, the obama administration is lecturing the american people instead of listening to the american people. they think that if they just give more speeches and deliver more sales pitches, that the american people will finally like this law. it's not going to happen. but just look at how far the obama administration is willing to go with its latest sales pitch. last week, cnn reported that the administration called together a bunch of hollywood celebrities, hollywood celebrities to help convince young americans to buy expensive health coverage. mr. president, the youth of america are not going to fall for it, even though many of these hollywood stars are great actors who always remember their lines, young americans understand that obamacare is the wrong script for america. even though some of these stars deliver funnyjection on "saturday night live," they are -- funnyjection on "saturday night live," -- funny jokes on "satur
ways barack obama has stepped up our conversation into black sandy's 21st century but i want to put that into a larger context. we tried to take a backward and day for were the book with this panel and a conversation but the back were the luckiest where have we come, where have we come to in the 50 years since the march on washington. right? at the same time this particular moment the first is three and a half weeks ago the supreme court overturns the domestic and very jackets and struck down the voting rights act at the same time seven days ago george zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of trayvon martin. and also the first african-american president of the united states made his second statement on race relations and this is a key moment to reflect on 50 years later. so to start our ask each to comment on the impact of these three events and what it says about what progress is or not in the 21st century. >> thank you for being here. a very provocative question. it is difficult to come up with a quick answers in the heat of this particular moment but i will try. all free legal in
. .. the of the conversation with just not among us. also i applaud president obama for his statement on the martin case when he came out of his 17 minute speech from his heart that talked about that because he was able as president of the united states of america and as a black man to convey to people who do not think they are racist the kind of things that happened to him in terms of locked doors and everything. because no one will come out to you and say i made racist. they don't think they are recessed until you actually call them out on something. we need to have more of a discussion. you also need to help your friends as they do things they do not believe that's racist to kind of pull them aside and say now do you know how that made me feel? do you know when you just did? no, i'm not a racist. but you need to tell them and have a discussion in the silo. race is a very uncomfortable thing to talk about. >> do you want to come in here, delia? >> this makes me sad because it goes back to the 150 years how long this is going to take when we think of trayvon martin as a policy response we need to help more
interests, as a candidate in 2008 now president obama then seems to understand and he talked about courageously during the campaign and pledged not just to draw american troops from iraq but also the american mindset that had gotten into the strategic mistake to invade iraq in the first place and pledged to change the middle east policy but instead the obama administration has pursued policies as the predecessors the same policies that did such damage to our strategic position and as a result the obama administration today is not just providing a stalled middle east peace process but the demise of the true state solution to the palestinian conflict and while the above it ministration military intervention in libya can and overthrow gadaffi it is now e. incubating in libya a significant threat to american security interests and as the detail in our book, going to tehran deal gone bad restoration has gone beyond the bush administration to trim the islamic republic to argue what we say is ward dangerous to discredit a gauge of it as a strategy to deal with the islamic republic of iran
your frustration, my wife is a rabid democrat. i had to endure and obama sign in my front yard. [laughter] what i understand is why we can't just come up with good ideas and agree on good ideas. this seems like we're back to being republicans are democrats. i am an american. i was not able to love for the person i wanted to in this last election because of the rules and oklahoma are so harsh. a big problem, i think it would be ed kennedy headed defund the federal government. most of the stuff we do at the local level seems to be doing okay. i have an idea that maybe if we started estate paying our federal taxes to the state and lead in the state defined, we might get something done that way. my question is. i have a lot of things, and i don't expect it listened all of them. my big question is, i don't think a lot of people understand since 1970 the fed has created our currency out of nothing but thin air. and the only reason we have been able to go on as long as we have is because it is the world's currency. and once people decide to quit taking american dollars, which looks li
with ballistic missile defenses. in the mediterranean the soft power the obama administration favors is in fact unsupported by a hard power. into the vacuum left by our departure, others are stepping. iran has sent a frigate and much larger helicopter carrier into the mediterranean. china last year ordered a destroyer, guided missile frigate and a logistics vessel, and this year, at least until now, has deployed two guided missile frigates which have called algeria, molto, morocco and france, russia currently has 16 ships in the mediterranean and plans a rotation schedule allowing permanent presence for now of 12 ships. moscow is seeking to reach an agreement with cyprus that would allow russian combat aircraft and vessels to use an air field in the western part of ireland and the southern -- my point here noted in the book is not so much to paint a picture of what i regard as troublesome military developments in the mediterranean or even in china that affect us and our allies, it is rather to emphasize that contrary to the navy's 2007 maritime strategy of preventing wars, neither u.s. naval no
and the steps that were taken during the obama administration and the steps by the federal reserve the steps collectively hadn't been taken i believe we would have gone into a depression. so i think it is a small price to be paid the additional debt that was taken. as much as i hate that. there was a concern about the debt that was occurring and i was first elected back in 1986i was deeply concerned about the trajectory that the country was on for the record deficits today with respect to domestic spending that is really not the problem. in 1968, 69 we were up almost 14% of gdp and the domestic discretionary spending by 1998 it was down to 6%. the domestic discretionary spending was dramatically reduced. in 2012 that was back out to just over 8% of gdp somewhere close to where it was in 68 or 69. under the budget control act we are going to go down to 5% of gdp by 2022, a record low. so it's not appropriate account in my judgment where the account access. the problem exists in my judgment. the health care accounts back in 1970 were headed down the trajectory for 12% of gdp and the health car
to asia as the obama administration terms it, does not clearly state what the objective of the rebalance and is. it is to counter the military power in the region with the slight redistribution of naval forces away from the rest of the world and to asia that the administration has announced will not keep pace with china's arms buildup and will not keep peace either end with 500 million already subtracted from the defense department from the first obama administration and sequestration will move at equal amount, where will the funds come from to deploy and maintain a larger pacific fleet in the future? a substantial portion of "mayday" looks at the size of today's fleet and its prospects for growth for the future. but the question is to what and? i believe our security is best served if we have a clear understanding of the strategy to secure our interest and those of our allies but i don't think we do. notwithstanding the question of this seapower for it is quite serious. at the end of the cold war u.s. combat fleets the goal of reagan said of 600 ships and 15 carrier battle said. at appr
obama. let me see if i actually have that quote in my folder handy. here we go. this is president obama speaking back in 2008 in a speech he gave on fatherhood. he wrote: we know the statistics that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. they're more likely to have behavioral problems or run away from home or become teenage parents themselves, and the foundations of our community are weaker because of it. we have two generations of evidence on the importance of children being raised by their biological mother and father, and five times more likely to commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school are just the beginning of what the negative outcomes are. in this case, growing up without a father. and so there's a reason why the state tries to promote marriage. what we saw was the breakdown of the marriage culture during the '60s, '70s and '80s. this is when child poverty increase, the welfare state increases, it's when social mobility decreased. so everything that you c
the process of diplomatic engagement. even after i spoke with president obama before the weekend. i called president putin on monday and had a long discussion with him about the issue. we're a a long way apart. the one issue e agree about is get the georgia geneva process going. the assurance i can give him. if there was any action, it would be immediately taken other biff running a political process once again, and britain will do everything in the power to make it happen. let me answer a final question that has been pushed in the debate over recent days. and that is the question of whether this will risk radicalizing more young muslims including people in britain. it's a vital question and not asked enough in 2003. it was asked in the national security council yesterday and we received considered able analysis from the counterterrorism expert. one is there in no room for complacency. the legal proportion of unfocused action proposed will not be a significant new course of really a callization and extremism. young muslim in the region and here in britain are looking at the pictures of mus
be with us. that is why president obama set a goal in his state of the union for the united states to join with our allies to eradicate poverty in the next two decades and building on this, challenge the world bank to move from dreaming of a world free of poverty to a concrete goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 23 in a target of promoting shared prosperity. that is why experts from around the world like jeffrey sachs who player leading role are designing a the sustainable development goals. jeffrey sachs is a powerful and consistent advocate on behalf of the world's for and most vulnerable. given decades in academia in the field his views on inclusive and sustainable development our respect across the board from top policymakers to expiring development practitioners. we agree from time to time on the how and when but never the why or what. jeffrey sachs is a director of the earth institutes, professor of health policy management at columbia university. he has authored three new york times bestsellers, the end of poverty, commonwealth economic for a crowded planet, and the price of civi
secretary of state for east asia a position he held for the first four years of the obama administration. he was critically important and played a think a pivotal role in the development of president obama strategy of pivoting united states towards asia and in that context particularly interesting to learn from curt about the lessons that can be drawn from michael's "rendezvous with destiny" it. curt in apposition received the distinguished service award. i point that out because i too received that award so i know how difficult it is to achieve it. [laughter] nobody could possibly remember the negotiations but i dare say everyone ago remember the role that kurt campbell played in shaping american strategy towards asia. and so it is with great distinction that i receive that award. as i said he was the founder and co-founder of the center for new american -- a great think-tank that is doing terrific and influential work on national defense policy here in washington. before that he was the senior vice present structure of international security program and csi s. the center for strategic and
believe the economy was so messed up by george bush that obama struggled mightily to overcome this horrible situation he inherited. the second reason is most americans believe republicans only care about rich people. and those are branding problems that the republican party has to to overcome. and it's hard to overcome it because you've got three obstacles; academia, hollywood and our major media, all of which are overwhelmingly liberal. when you say something, it's got to be interpreted through the filter of those three entities, and often it's been distorted. >> host: larry elder is our guest, this is booktv on c-span2 live from the los angeles times festival of books, campus of usc. mike's in fort worth, texas. hi, mike. >> caller: how's it going, larry? my -- pretty good. i'm a african-american democrat, but i agree with you one of the big problems in the african-american community is lack of fathers in the house. but i think, larry, when you say that, you kind of come off kind of harsh on black people. now, what's the reason behind the lack of a lot of fathers being in th
. [inaudible conversations] >> president obama arriving at in this hour in buffalo where he is beginning a two-day bus trip through upstate new york and pennsylvania highlighting his proposals for making college education more affordable. in a speech that you can watch live here at c-span2, it's set for 11:05 this morning, he will unveil a number of measures including tuition costs, graduation rates and the average earning of graduates. for more on the president's bus tour, we spoke with a "usa today" reporter. >> host: mr. jackson, could you kind of highlight some to have message that the president will bring, especially a new take on how colleges should be ranked and how that ties to financial aid. >> guest: exactly, yes. this is the latest in a series of speeches he's been giving on the middle class, and this week's topic, as you mentioned, is college affordability. and he's going to outline a revamped plan for how to reduce those costs. first of all, it involves what he calls payment for performance. as you mentioned, he's going to the propose that colleges be ranked in terms of how they'r
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